Casa Virupa is a community made up of people with diverse interests and educational backgrounds sharing a common motivation: finding a way of life that is oriented towards the happiness of all sentient beings.
In our search for happiness, we realized how important it is, from time to time, to get out of the fast-paced rhythm of everyday life, which makes introspection difficult. We decided to develop the consciousness of ourselves, the world, and others, by committing to personal growth more intensely. This is made possible by the lifestyle we have chosen and, hoping that the benefits of this project will expand, we want to share our house and our knowledge with anyone who is interested.
For these reasons, all of the events you can find in Casa Virupa share a common objective: to encourage the search for one’s own happiness and that of others through self-development and quality guidance.
The tradition that supports us is Tibetan Buddhism. Our experience in meditation, philosophy and rituals has always been within the frame of the Sakya lineage and tradition, His Holiness Kyabgön Gongma Trichen Rinpoche being our main master.
Buddhism is a philosophical and religious tradition that was started in between India and Nepal by Buddha Shakyamuni around 500 B.C.E., and whose proposal, both theoretical and practical, attempts to orient people’s lives towards a stable, fulfilled and expansive happiness.
We want Casa Virupa to be a space in which anybody, regardless of their current spiritual development, can work on their happiness and the happiness of all sentient beings. With such pretense, we offered the center to his Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen in 2016, who encouraged us to embark on this project.
Just as His Holiness counselled us, it is important that members of our community form themselves following the Sakya tradition, and that Casa Virupa facilitates contact with this tradition through regular activities based on ethics, meditation and wisdom. Following this objective, our purpose is to invite qualified teachers that exercise their task in this country, as well as others beyond these borders.
One of the pillars of Casa Virupa is the community that resides here. The community is the breath of the project, and we try that the care, the mutual respect and the ethical principles of the Mahayana Buddhism base our relations.
Our form of life is communitarian and is governed by norms and timetables that allow us to deepen our care for mindfulness, an essential tool for personal development. At the same time, coexistence is a perfect way to learn how to value what we have, what we are, and above all, that which the other needs or asks.
For us to dwell together is an effective way to remind ourselves that every circumstance, no matter how simple it may seem, can be transformed into an extraordinary experience.
This project, more than its community, is formed by a net of persons that help us forward what we do and who we are: these are Casa Virupa’ volunteers. Some of them have been walking alongside us for many years, with others we have just began a path together. All of them have made possible many of the activities that we have organized. Be it helping us daily; there are those who take especial care of our garden, those who make sure we have everything we need in our pantry, those who have become spokespersons wherever they go, or during the events that we have hosted.
If we were to speak of Casa Virupa without mentioning them, we would be forgetting one of the fundamental parts of this project: our volunteers are also artisans of the mandala we are building.
We work hard to offer you the best, so at Casa Virupa everyday can be a good day.
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